Reports: Russian pilots kidnapped in Darfur as American released
Two Russian pilots have been kidnapped in Sudan's restive Darfur province as an American woman held for months was released, reports said Monday.
Government-run news agency SUNA said the two Russians, who were working for Badr Airlines, were taken from the town of Nyala on Sunday, DPA reported.
Local media also reported that a woman who worked for US charity Samaritan's Purse had been handed over to the government in the same town.
Kidnappings of foreigners for ransom has risen in the Sudanese province since the International Criminal Court early last year issued an arrest warrant against President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes in Darfur.
Aid workers and peacekeepers are the chief targets.
Two Jordanian peacekeepers were abducted earlier this month, and released after a few days.